Utah Legislature Archive

Senate Approves Bill to Reduce Class Size

Utah lawmakers are putting more effort into reducing class sizes in public schools, with a bill that would cap them in kindergarten

Anti-Graffiti Bill That Inspired Hacking Rejected by Senate

Utah Senators have changed their minds about a bill that would make it easier for police to arrest someone for graffiti, rejecting

Mandatory Divorce Education Bill Clears Committee

One lawmaker says he wants Utah residents to be more aware of what their options are if they decide to get a

Proposed Payday Lender Regulation Rejected

One new proposed regulation for payday lenders in Utah won’t be passed out of the legislature this year. This morning, lawmakers voted

Controversial Anti-Graffiti Bill Moves Forward

A bill that sparked retribution from hackers on the Salt Lake City Police Department's website moved forward in the Utah Senate today

Bill Aims to Eliminate Gender Bias in Custody Fights

A bill that would essentially give fathers a greater chance of achieving custody of their children in a divorce passed out of

Lawmakers Disturbed by Lack of Funding for Mortgage Fraud Prosecution

A Democratic state lawmaker is taking the legislature to task for giving money to the Utah Attorney General’s office to sue the

Legislation Would Allow Eminent Domain Action for Oil and Gas-related Roads

Property owners in Utah could be forced to sell their land for new energy-related purposes if a proposed bill makes it out

Legislation Creates Pilot Program for College/Career Counselors

Getting students more help with their college and career plans is the focus of one Democratic state lawmaker. A bill proposed by

Politics Up Close: John Swallow running for AG, SL Chamber 2012 Priorities

As Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General, Republican John Swallow has battled against the federal government on issues like health care reform and

Air Quality Task Force Bill Gains Momentum

Although Utah leaders frequently participate in efforts like the Clean Air Challenge, 2012 looks to be the year the Utah Legislature could

Senate Looks to Protect Voters’ Email Addresses

Registered voters in Utah may no longer have to worry their email addresses will be made public when registering to vote, if

Legislators Discuss Cutting Down on Fireworks

After a one year trial period, it appears Utah residents could be in for a quieter July. Tuesday, the legislature’s House Business

Bill Would Create Emergency Contact Database

The Division of Motor Vehicles and Utah Highway Patrol are behind one representative’s push to make it easier for law enforcement to

Legislative Session Begins with Optimism

The 2012 session of the Utah legislature will feature a lot of familiar issues, as lawmakers once again tackle the state budget

Democratic Party Cuts Check for Redistricting GRAMA Request

The Utah Democratic Party decided Monday to deliver a check to the Legislative Records Committee instead of fighting over the $5,000 fee

Democrats Unveil Plan to Inrease Per Pupil Spending

Democratic state lawmakers say they’ve found a way to increase per-pupil spending in education without raising taxes, while tackling issues like class

Politics Up Close: 2012 Legislative Session Starts Monday

Monday marks the start of the 2012 session of the Utah Legislature. So far, it seems all sides agree that education funding

Leading Business Group Backs Statewide Nondiscrimination Law

Utah’s largest business association, the Salt Lake Chamber, is calling on Utahns to make “big decisions” as the 2012 legislative session begins

Lawmaker Hopes to Help Protect Condo Owners

Help could be on the way for frustrated condo owners across the state, one lawmaker believes. A leading Democratic state representative is

Poll Shows Education is Priority for Utah Voters

Utah residents say education should be the state’s number one priority during the 2012 legislative session, according to an annual statewide poll

Politics Up Close: Liljenquist Takes on Hatch for U.S. Senate

Despite 36 years in the Senate, Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is far from invincible this election year. He might have gotten

Review Shows DCFS Standards Falling

Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services is coming under sharp review by several members of the Utah Legislature. Yesterday, the Child

Soon-to-Be GOP Senator Focuses on Transparency, Public Education

The newest lawmaker to join the Utah Senate is no stranger to GOP politics in the state. This week, former Utah Republican

Amendment Wouldn’t Require State Lawmakers to Live in Their Own Districts

Boundaries won’t play such a role for state representatives and senators running for office if voters pass an amendment one state lawmaker

Holly Richardson Resigns From House of Representatives

There will be many new faces in the Utah Legislature when the session starts later this month. Friday Utah County’s Holly Richardson

Lawmakers Gear Up To Restructure State Liquor Business

With the 2012 legislative session drawing closer, Utah lawmakers are pushing up their sleeves to tackle the state’s liquor troubles. The Democrat-led

Legislative Proposal Would Mean Higher Medicaid Co-Pays for Smokers

Smoking could cost poorer Utah residents more for their healthcare. Republican Representative Paul Ray is introducing a bill in the upcoming legislative

Bill Aims to Regulate Payday Lender Litigation

A Democratic state lawmaker is targeting payday lenders with a bill that aims to outlaw their ability to choose where to take

Lawmaker Aims to Do Away With Daylight Saving Time

Another state lawmaker is pushing to eliminate daylight saving time in Utah. Republican Representative Jim Nielson of Bountiful has introduced a bill